Evening News December 4

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Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

 

For those watching on our Facebook, tune in to LocalTel channel 12 or Charter channel 19, or stream us live at NCWLIFE.com for the full evening newscast tonight. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight— It appears the State will dismiss a lawsuit filed against Auvil Fruit Company and a burn ban is in effect for Chelan and Douglas counties.

But first, we begin tonight…

A one vehicle rollover this morning on Squilchuck Road sent one person to the hospital and blocked traffic for almost two hours. The accident happened just before 11 this morning near milepost 1 on Squilchuck Road just past Squilchuck Market. No word on the condition of the driver or the cause of that accident.

I-90 near Vantage was closed for around 4 hours this morning because of a blocking accident involving a semi-truck. The accident happened around 8:00 this morning when the driver of the truck apparently reached down to use windshield washer fluid, lost control of the big-rig, struck the barrier separating the roadway and then traveled around 100 yards before coming to a stop. During the road closure, traffic was detoured to State Route 26 as road crews cleaned fuel off the roadway and towed the disabled semi. Fortunately, the driver of the truck was not injured. Washington State Patrol Trooper Brian Moore says the cause of the accident was driving too fast for conditions.

It appears the State will dismiss a lawsuit filed against Auvil Fruit Company for setting the 2016 Foothills wildfire. The Company’s insurance carrier has paid the Washington State Department of Natural Resources over $424,300 dollars for costs related to putting the 156-acre fire out. Auvil Fruit employees accidentally ignited the fire while welding brackets during installation of bird netting in a Cherry Orchard. The lawsuit was filed in Douglas County Superior Court last month and with the payment is expected to be dismissed as early as this week.

The weather forecast this week of cool, dry, stagnant air has prompted the Washington State Department of Ecology to issue a Stage 1 burn ban beginning this Monday, December 4th at 9 a.m. through 9 a.m. Wednesday, December 6th. All outdoor burning and use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces will be prohibited in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas and Okanogan Counties due to expected poor air quality throughout the region. The Stage 1 ban prohibits all outdoor burning including residential, agricultural and forest burning. Use of any wood-burning devices are prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Fine particles from wood smoke can get into people’s lungs causing possible heart and breathing problems.

Coming up, 20 cases of Salmonella have been reported in Washington and Oregon, we’ll tell you more, plus, Santa made a weekend appearance at Pybus Market. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

On Friday, the Washington Department of Health urged people in Washington and Oregon to throw away pre-cut melons bought at area Fred Meyer, Rosauers, QFC or Central Washington markets. Eighteen people in Washington and two in Oregon have been diagnosed with Salmonella Newport after eating pre-cut watermelon and cantaloupe. State officials are investigating the possible source of the fruit, including where it was cut and packaged and determining whether other retailers may have also sold the contaminated melons. No one in Northcentral Washington has been diagnosed with Salmonella, a bacteria that can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Over 4-thousand people made the Journey to Bethlehem. The annual re-enactment of the Christ Child’s birthplace saw 164 people in costumes in the town plus others in supporting rolls which included things like greeting and parking, along with the makers of around 600 dozen cookies that were enjoyed by participants and guests. This event is put on by the area Seventh-day Adventist Churches but includes assistance from other folks in our community.  This was the 8th year for this event.

Pybus Market greeted Old St. Nick yesterday as he arrived in Wenatchee in a bright red helicopter. Here was the scene yesterday as captured by one of our NCWLIFE cameras. . .

Wenatchee welcomed a new retailer to town Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Wild Birds Unlimited. . .

 

The store offers bird feeding and bird watching products, including bird foods, bird feeders and houses, bird baths, hardware accessories for backyard habitats, optics, resource books and more. Wild Birds Unlimited is located at 212 Fifth Street.

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.

 

 

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from Friday, we start with the 1B State Football Championship…

 

Almira-Coulee-Hartline set two state title game records with 84 points and 722 yards of total offense, downing Sunnyside Christian 84-60 Friday.  That was followed by a blowout in the 3A title game as O’Dea beat Rainier Beach 38-11. 

Saturday started with the 2A title game, which went to Hockinson with a 35-22 win over Tumwater.  Royal followed by winning its 3rd consecutive State 1A championship and state-record 41st consecutive win with a 33-27 victory over Meridian.  Kalama held on to beat Liberty 28-27 with a late interception to preserve the 2B title.  Finally, Richland built a 28-0 halftime lead and had to hang on for a 28-21 4A Championship, the Bombers first since 1999.

On the Les Schwab Prep boys basketball scoreboard Friday…

 

Mead blew out Wenatchee 74-41.  Toppenish topped Cascade 80-38.  Hanford eased past Eastmont 63-47.  And Waterville-Mansfield escaped Entiat with a 44-34 win. 

On the Les Schwab prep girls scoreboard from Friday…

 

Eastmont improved to 2-and-1 with a 61-45 win over Hanford.  Wenatchee won its opener 59-55 over Kennewick.  Cascade dropped its second straight 60-21 to Toppenish while Entiat dropped Waterville-Mansfield 57-36.

On Saturday in boys basketball…

 

Wahluke hit two free throws with five seconds remaining to edge Cashmere 42-40.  Kamiakin topped Eastmont 68-41.  Granger got the better of Chelan 65-61.  And Brewster beat up on Waterville-Mansfield 72-39. 

In girls basketball Saturday…

 

Kamiakin gunned down Eastmont 69-37; Cashmere had no trouble with River View 66-31; Granger got by Chelan 59-50; and Brewster blasted Waterville-Mansfield 42-16.

The Wenatchee Wild went 1-and-1 over the weekend north of the border…

 

In the opener Friday night, Wenatchee came from behind to beat Salmon Arm 4-1.  Our friend Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network with highlights from Hockey TV…

 

Again, the Wild getting goals from August Von Ungern Sternberg; Sam Morton and two from Slava Demin to get the victory.  On Saturday, Wenatchee travelled to West Kelowna…

 

Trailing 3-1 midway through the second period, Wenatchee got a goal from Jasper Weatherby in the 2nd and AJ Vanderbeck in the third to force overtime.  But it was RJ Murphy’s goal 2:36 into the extra frame that gave the Warriors the victory 4-3.  The Wild will be home to host Trail on Wednesday at 6:30 before heading for Merritt and Prince George this weekend.

The Seahawks surprised the NFL world with a 24-10 win over Philadelphia at CenturyLink Field last night in front of a national television audience…

 

Seattle scored on its first possession of the game on a 46-yard field goal and scored on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Jimmy Graham with 10-seconds left in the first quarter to build a lead it would never relinquish.  Wilson finished 20-of-31 for 227-yards and three touchdowns through the air and adding another 31-yards on the ground.  His counterpart, Carson Wentz, was under pressure most of the night, getting sacked three times while completing 29-of-45 passes for 348-yards, a touchdown and an interception.  Seattle kept pace with the Rams with the victory and put itself back in the playoff hunt.

As far as the rest of the NFC West Sunday…

 

The 49ers got 5 field goals from Robbie Gould, including a 24-yard game-winner with four-seconds remaining, to surprise the Bears in Chicago 15-14.  Jerrod Goff threw two touchdown passes as the Rams beat Arizona 32-16 in the desert to remain atop the NFC West Standings at 9-and-3, while Seattle’s second at 8-and-4.  Los Angeles hosts Philadelphia Sunday at 1:25 while the Seahawks travel to Jacksonville to take on the 8-and-4 Jaguars, also at 1:25.

 

In our feature today, we bring you more from the Les Schwab Community Toy Drive.  We turned to kid experts to see not only what the perfect toys for girls and boys would be but we’ll also use them to actually do the shopping!  Here you go…

 

Watch for more on our Community Toy Drive in the coming days and weeks.  Grant Olson will return in a moment with a recap of today’s top stories and your forecast…stay right there.

 

Time now for a recap of some of our top stories…

A one vehicle rollover this morning on Squilchuck Road sent one person to the hospital and blocked traffic for almost two hours…The accident happened just before 11 this morning near milepost 1 on Squilchuck Road just past Squilchuck Market. No word yet on the condition of the driver or the cause of that accident.

I-90 near Vantage was closed for around 4 hours this morning because of a blocking accident involving a semi-truck. The accident happened around 8:00 this morning when the driver of the truck apparently reached down to use windshield washer fluid, lost control of the big-rig and then struck the barrier separating the roadway. During the road closure, traffic was detoured to State Route 26 as road crews cleaned fuel off the roadway and towed the disabled semi. Fortunately, the driver of the truck was not injured. Washington State Patrol Trooper Brian Moore says the cause of the accident was distracted driving.

It appears the State will dismiss a lawsuit filed against Auvil Fruit Company for setting the 2016 Foothills wildfire. The Company’s insurance carrier has paid the Washington State Department of Natural Resources over 424,300 dollars for costs related to putting the 156 acre fire out. Auvil Fruit employees accidentally ignited the fire while welding brackets during installation of bird netting in a Cherry Orchard. The lawsuit was filed in Douglas County Superior Court last month and with the payment is expected to be dismissed as early as this week.

 

**WX** -And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

The weather pattern over the United States is undergoing a big change today. While the eastern two-thirds of the nation has enjoyed mild temperatures the last several days, an Arctic front is about to bring much colder conditions to areas east of the Rockies this week. For the Pacific Northwest, a large high-pressure ridge will set up over the region bringing a prolonged period of dry and stable weather. Today’s satellite loop shows the high pressure building in the Pacific. For Northcentral Washington tonight, bands of mid and high level clouds will spill over the top of our high pressure ridge temperatures will drop tonight down into the upper 20’s. Late Tuesday through Sunday, we will see a fairly stagnant weather pattern with areas of fog in valleys and lowlands. With those foggy conditions expected this week, travel could be difficult with slick roadways and poor visibility. Along with light winds, we will see high temperatures in the mid 30’s with lows in the mid 20’s.

As we leave you tonight…colder weather is on the way this week and as a way to educate the public on how to prevent pipes from freezing, the City of Walla Walla produced this informative and very creative video. . .

 

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And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at ncwlife.com.  And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). Also, make sure you tune in to NCWLife Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.